A Fine Specimen Paperback – Jan 22 2010
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First of all: This book was originally published under the title 'Taming Nick' and Lisa Marie Rice's other pen name, Elizabeth Jennings. It has been rewritten with different names for the characters and has been spiced up regarding the sex scenes. In fact, it's one of the author's earliest published novels, after a rewrite.That being said: I really enjoyed the book. It had humour, nice characters and was a really good romance novel. But I also think that the author has improved a lot in the meantime, and has been mixing suspense and romance very well in recent years. A crime plot plays a minimal role here, but nothing more. So if you expect one of her romantic suspense novels, this isn't it. If you enjoy a spicy romance, then this is definitely one of the better novels of this type on the market.
A Fine Specimen is very fine. Lisa Marie Rice has the uncanny ability to tap into my psyche and pull out exactly the kind of guy, in exactly the type of situation, I want to read about. Not to mention her leading ladies are always the perfect match for her alpha males. Caitlyn becomes the center of Alex's universe. She's the only person capable of distracting his single-minded focus. Her hopes of a clinical study go out the window with one touch of Alex's lips on hers. Alex tries to stay away, but Caitlyn is just too alluring. Watching him struggle with his emotions is fun. The timing of the bad guy's strike is perfect. It adds a touch of drama and excitement without being predictable. A Fine Specimen has the same flavor as many of Lisa Marie Rice's stories - uber-dominant male meets a shy, conservative woman, and an explosive relationship full of incredible hot sex ensues, which is exactly what I love about them. Alex and Caitlyn make A Fine Specimen fresh, sexy and exciting. I couldn't have asked for anything more.
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While Captain Avery is on vacation, Lieutenant Alex Cruz is in charge at the police station. Caitlin is a Ph.D. doing research. Avery sends a message to Alex requiring him to assist Caitlin and to let her interview and observe police officers for a week. Alex hates it, but he grudgingly allows it. He takes her to lunch. They begin to fall for each other.
I don't recommend it. It's not nearly as good as her other books. There are two stories going on, and both are lacking. The first story is the relationship between Alex and Caitlin. There is too much pondering and inaccurate assumptions. Caitlin assumes things which are not true but cause her distress. A major separation happens because Alex is commitment shy. It just wasn't interesting. The second story is about catching the crook Ratso, described below.
CAUTION MINOR SPOILER:
With evidence from Ratso they can put away major criminal Lopez. The first time they catch Ratso he tells them he has to go to the bathroom, and then he escapes out a tiny window. The second time they catch him, he tells a policeman that the cuffs are too tight and hurt. So the policeman stupidly removes the cuffs. Then Ratso does something bad. I was irritated at the cops' stupidity. And then we don't know if Ratso was wounded or killed or was able to give evidence or what. That story was completely unfinished.
Kindle count story length: 4326 (a little shorter than a typical romance novel). Swearing language: strong, including religious swear words. Sexual language: strong/erotic. Number of sex scenes: 5. Setting: current day Baylorville, California. Copyright: 2009. Previously released as "Taming Nick." Genre: contemporary romance with a little suspense.